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David De Silva

Producer David De Silva conceived the premise in 1976, partially inspired by the musical A Chorus Line.
David De Silva (born August 14, 1936) is an American film writer and producer, best known for the 1980 MGM movie Fame.

Academy Award for Best Original Song

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The film received several awards and nominations, including two Academy Awards for Best Original Song ("Fame") and Best Original Score, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song ("Fame").
The first film to receive multiple nominations was Fame in 1980.

Fame (Irene Cara song)

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The film received several awards and nominations, including two Academy Awards for Best Original Song ("Fame") and Best Original Score, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song ("Fame").
"Fame" is a pop song, written by Michael Gore (music) and Dean Pitchford (lyrics) and released in 1980, that achieved chart success as the theme song to the Fame film and TV series.

Christopher Gore (writer)

Christopher Gore
He commissioned playwright Christopher Gore to write the script, originally titled Hot Lunch, before selling it to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).
Gore wrote the screenplay for the 1980 musical film Fame, for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Fame (2009 film)

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Its success spawned a media franchise encompassing several television series, stage musicals and a remake released in 2009.
Fame is a 2009 American musical drama film and a loose remake of the 1980 film of the same name.

Irene Cara

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Irene Cara, a former student of the school, was cast as Coco Hernandez.
Cara is also known for playing the role of Coco Hernandez in the 1980 film Fame, and for recording the film's title song 'Fame'.

Maureen Teefy

Maureen Teefy, an established actress of Irish descent, was cast as Doris Finsecker, a shy and uptight Jewish girl.
Mostly active from 1979 through 1998, she may be best known for her appearances in the films Fame (1980), Grease 2 (1982) and Supergirl (1984).

Lee Curreri

Lee Curreri, who was cast as Bruno Martelli, learned of the production while attending the Manhattan School of Music.
Leonard Charles "Lee" Curreri (born January 4, 1961) is an American actor and musician, most famous for his work in the film, Fame (1980) and its television spinoff, Fame (1982-1987).

Antonia Franceschi

Antonia Franceschi, who was previously a background dancer in Grease (1978), secured the role based on the strength of her audition.
She is also known for her dance performances in the film musicals Fame and Grease.

Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song

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The film received several awards and nominations, including two Academy Awards for Best Original Song ("Fame") and Best Original Score, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song ("Fame").

Paul McCrane

During his audition, Paul McCrane performed an original song he had written, "Is It Okay If I Call You Mine?".
He is known for his portrayal of Montgomery MacNeil in the 1980 film Fame, Emil Antonowsky in RoboCop and Robert Romano on the NBC medical drama television series ER.

Gene Anthony Ray

Gene Anthony Ray, who plays Leroy Johnson, was also a Performing Arts student but had been expelled from the school for disruptive behavior.
He was known for his portrayal of dancer Leroy Johnson in both the 1980 film Fame and the 1982–1987 Fame television series based upon the film.

Boyd Gaines

Boyd Gains
Gaines has appeared in a number of films and television shows, including Fame, L.A. Law and Law & Order, Piece of Cake (1990), but his most notable television role was as Mark Royer, who married Valerie Bertinelli's Barbara Cooper on TV's One Day at a Time.

Alan Parker

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Fame is a 1980 American teen musical drama film directed by Alan Parker.
He has directed musicals, including Bugsy Malone (1976), Fame (1980), Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982), The Commitments (1991) and Evita (1996); true-story dramas, including Midnight Express (1978), Mississippi Burning (1988), Come See the Paradise (1990) and Angela's Ashes (1999); family dramas, including Shoot the Moon (1982), and horrors and thrillers including Angel Heart (1987) and The Life of David Gale (2003).

Jim Moody (actor)

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The school's drama teacher Jim Moody plays as Mr. Farell, and its music teacher Jonathan Strasser appears as a conductor.
His first feature film role was in the 1980 hit film Fame, in which he played Mr. Farrell, a drama teacher.

Richard Belzer

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He is noted for small roles in Fame, Café Flesh, Night Shift, and Scarface.

Joanna Merlin

After making appearances in several feature films, including the movie Fame, in which she played Miss Olivia Berg, a classical dance teacher; Merlin appeared in the NBC crime drama Law & Order in 1992 as a defense attorney.

High School of Performing Arts

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Set in New York City, it chronicles the lives and hardships of students attending the High School of Performing Arts (known today as Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School), from their auditions to their freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years.
The 1980 film Fame was set in the High School of Performing Arts, though the building was not used in filming.

Tresa Hughes

Her film and television credits included Don Juan DeMarco, Fame, and Another World.

Anne Meara

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During that time, she acted in the movie Fame (1980), in which she played English teacher Elizabeth Sherwood.

Michael DeLorenzo

He went on to attend the Manhattan-based High School of Performing Arts, made famous by the movie and television series Fame.

Debbie Allen

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Allen was first introduced as Lydia Grant in the 1980 film Fame.

Meg Tilly

Meg Tilly appears in her acting debut as a dancer.
She made her screen debut as a dancer in Alan Parker's 1980 musical drama Fame.

Michael Gore

Parker was not impressed with Cara's musical audition, until after her recording sessions with the film's composer Michael Gore.
Gore, along with lyricist Dean Pitchford, won the Oscar in 1981 for best original song for "Fame", from the film of the same title.